December 2022

As the year comes to an end, we would like to take a moment to thank all of our clients and friends. In 2022, our EMP&A clients received nearly 300 new trademark registrations from the USPTO. We were fortunate to work with new clients and businesses in their infancy, along with other clients who we begin working 20 years ago! We handled US applications, international applications, all types of disputes, copyright filings, monthly monitoring, and much more thanks to the support of clients - past and present - like you.

The year wouldn't be complete without an annual tradition: the Top Trademark Trends of 2022 (below), a short video featuring a recap of the biggest trademark stories - make sure to subscribe to our YouTubechannel for more content.

I hope you have an enjoyable holiday season and happy new year!

What Is a Request to Divide a Trademark Application?

The USPTO trademark application process has many steps and possibilities—one such step being a “Request to Divide” an application and split it into two separate filings. When and why would an applicant file a Request to Divide? Find out here. Visit Trademarkive to learn more about the entire trademark registration process.

Be on the Lookout for the Latest Trademark Scam

As trademark scams continue to proliferate, Erik alerts us to the latest disturbing trend: correspondence using what appears to be the USPTO’s seal and letterhead. Check it out here. For more about identifying and preventing scams, visit

World Cup 2022 Trademark Stories

The FIFA World Cup tournament did not disapppoint this year as one of the biggest athletic and global events in the world. In the midst of the tournament, In this video, Erik shared some insights about FIFA trademarks, along with the stars on the pitch – many of whom have brands that are not fully protected.

Our team spent a chilly morning volunteering with Food Justice DMV by sorting a packing up fresh produce for delivery to help support local families in need. Then it was back to making trademarks bloom with warm hearts!

If there are any topics or issues you would like to see covered here, let us know!
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